Checking date: 07/05/2020

Course: 2019/2020

Social research methods
Study: Dual Bachelor in International Studies and Political Science (320)

Coordinating teacher: AGULLO TOMAS, MARIA SILVERIA

Department assigned to the subject: Department of Social Analysis

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Students are expected to have completed
No requirements
Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results. Further information on this link
Specific skills: Knowledge and abilities to plan and develop applied research in different areas of society. Knowledge of social science methodology and its basic techniques, with special emphasis on the quantitative method and the survey. Fundamental knowledge for further understanding of advanced courses in methodology and techniques. - General skills: Ability for analysis and synthesis. Ability to connect Sociological knowledge in Research and related disciplines. Organization and planning ability Ability to manage relevant information
Description of contents: programme
Lesson 1. Introduction to Social Research. Lesson 2. The design of social research. Lesson 3. Social Reseach: Information sources and secondary data Lesson 4. Qualitative techniques. Lesson 5. Quantitative techniques. Lesson 6. Analysis and interpretation of data.
Learning activities and methodology
The training activities will combine lectures, classroom practice, independent work individually and in teams, and the readings. The theoretical content presented through lectures will actively work through readings and class discussions. Part of the theoretical issues are discussed through examples, case studies and practical exercises of various kinds. Thus, students become familiar with the effective use of social research techniques, both quantitative and qualitative. The practice sessions are conducted using data from surveys conducted by the National Institute of Statistics (INE) and the Center for Sociological Research (CIS), among others
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 50
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 50
Basic Bibliography
  • CEA D'ANCONA, M.A.. Metodología cuantitativa. Estrategias y técnicas de investigación . Sintesis. 1998
  • GARCÍA FERRANDO, M.; IBAÑEZ, J. y ALVIRA, F. . El análisis de la realidad social. Métodos y técnicas de investigación. Alianza. 1989 y sucesivas
  • GARCÍA FERRANDO, M.; IBAÑEZ, J. y ALVIRA, F. (2016),. El análisis de la realidad social. Métodos y técnicas de investigación. Alianza. 1989 y sucesivas (SOLICITAR LA DE 2016)
  • VALLES, M.S.. Técnicas cualitativas de investigación social. Sintesis. 2000
Additional Bibliography
  • ANDER EGG, E.. Técnicas de investigación social. El Ateneo. 1990
  • ARROYO, M. y SÁDABA, I. (coord.). Metodología de la investigación social. Técnicas innovadoras y sus aplicaciones. Síntesis. 2012
  • CEA D'ANCONA, M.A.. Métodos de encuesta. Teoría y práctica. Síntesis. 2004
  • DELGADO, J.M. y GUTIÉRREZ, J. (coords.). Métodos y técnicas cualitativas de investigación en ciencias sociales. Síntesis. 1994
  • RUIZ OLABUÉNAGA, J.I.. Metodología de la investigación cualitativa. Universidad de Deusto. 1996
  • SCHUMAN, H. Y PRESSER, S. (2017, V.O.). Preguntas y respuestas en encuestas de actitud.. Madrid: CIS (V.o. en EE.UU. 1981).
  • SIERRA BRAVO, R.. Técnicas de investigación social. Teoría y ejercicios. Paraninfo. 1985
  • VISAUTA, B.. Técnicas de investigación social. PPU. 1989

The course syllabus and the academic weekly planning may change due academic events or other reasons.